Queen Jewels is now published as part of DIY Jewelry Making #60. This tutorial is written by one of our contributors – Wendy and Arianna Behrens. Are you ready for more intricate wire wrapping? Be ready – this pattern is for you! Create this lovely and elegant jewelry design. For step by step instruction, do login to our member area to follow this project. If you are not a member yet, just subscribe from the link here.
Step 1: Find the center of the 26 gauge wire. Starting at that center point wrap 4 coils around one BW.
NOTE: the wraps need to begin on the right side of the BW and wrap to the left. Do not cut anything off! You will be working with both ends of the wire at the same time.
Step 2: Hold the last 2 BW’s to the left of the first. Using the opposite side of your WW wrap 4 coils on the far left BW.
Note: The reason you hold the center one in is so that you get the correct distance between the BW’s.
Step 3: Using the same side of your WW, pass under the center BW and up between BW’s 1 & 2 Back down between BW’s 2 & 3. Although the picture shows you this in one motion you will have much more even coils if you do this in the 2 separate motions.
Step 4: Return to the right side WW. Pass under the center BW Pass up between BW’s 2 & 3 Pass down between BW’s 1 & 2.
If at any time in the project you notice your wire looking “kinky” simply run it through the Teflon Jaw pliers to safely and simply straighten it out.
Step 5: Using the left side WW pass under the center wire Pass up between BW 1 & 2 Pass down between BW 2 & 3.
Step 6: Wrap 4 coils on BW’s 1 & 2
Step 7: Using your left side WW repeat step 3
Step 8: Right side WW Repeat step 4
Step 8A: Left side WW Repeat step 3
Step 9: Right side WW Repeat step 4.
Step 10: Wrap 4 coils on BW’s 1 & 3 Remember that you coils must begin on the outside of the BW and wrap up and over.
You have now established your Design Pattern. Repeat steps 3-10 until you have approximately 4 inches. That completes one full segment. Using the other 3 18 gauge wires and the 26 gauge wire repeat steps 1-10 so that you have a second segment
Count the sections on both segments. If they do not have the exact same number of sections you will need to add sections until both segments do have the same number of sections. Once you have matching amounts on both you may clip off all of the remaining ends of WW. Tuck the clipped ends in. (they are tucked in properly when you can run your finger over the area without feeling any rough edge)
Step 11: So you can better see this part I will be using different wire colors. Using one piece of 28 gauge wire pass it up through the top area of one segment
Step 12: Place the second segment to the right of the first Bring the opposite side of the WW up between the first area on that segment. Pull the 28 gauge wire so that both working ends are the same length.
Step 13: Take your Left side WW across to the right side and down the area that is exactly across The Left wire is now on the right side and sticking out of the backside of the piece.
Step 14: Take the right side WW across to the left side and pass down the area directly across Your right side wire is now on the left and sticking out of the backside of the piece.
Step 15: With the left side WW count down one area and over to the right one area Pass the WW down that area You should have what looks like ½ of an X With the right side WW count down and to the left one area Pass the WW down that area You should now have a complete X and both WW’s will be back to the front side of the piece.
The finished look of Step 15.
I decided that a nice contrasting color choice would help illustrate it better.
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